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Swanley and North Downs Lions Club

7 April 2018

Kent Lions clubs cooperate to help fund defibrillator

Two Kent Lions clubs recently got together to help a village organisation install a

defi brillator for use by the community.

Hodsoll Street and Ridley Village Hall is on the boundary of the areas of two Lions clubs

- Darenth Valley and Swanley & North Downs. Various fund-raising schemes - including a

popular monthly ‘Big Breakfast’ - are run by the Village Hall Committee to support the

hall’s maintenance and improvement.

Earlier in the year (at a ‘Big Breakfast’) Swanley Lions found out that the Committee

were keen to install a defi brillator for the village to be available 24/7 in a refurbished

phone box outside the hall. But they were £500 short of their target.

As the hall’s catchment includes both clubs’ areas, Swanley approached Darenth Valley

Lions with the proposal - “let’s go 50/50 on the balance”. DV readily agreed.

So on Saturday 7 April Swanley President Lion Steve Gray presented £500 on behalf of

the two clubs to Village Hall Chairman Ian Maxwell - beside the phone box of course!

Swanley and North Downs Lions have also funded three defi brillators in Swanley and



PHOTO right; Swanley President Lion Steve

Gray with Hall Chairman Ian Maxwell

Further information from:

Lion Bryan Harris

T: 01474 854503 or M: 07733 228408

Swanley & North Downs and Darenth Valley are member clubs of Lions

International – the world’s largest community service organisation with 1.4 million

members in over 200 countries. currently celebrating 100 years of service.

We have now purchased the defibrillator and it will be installed in the telephone box during the next few weeks.

Training sessions on the use of the machine are in the process of being organised, watch this space for dates and times.